July 19th, Skirball Cultural Center
By Lana Krapivina
On July 19th Skirball Cultural Center became a mecca for fashionistas, designers, models, media and everyone who came to learn more about the best in swimwear, beauty, and health. The organizers, designer Connie Borja and Johnny Satta, welcomed everyone including American actor Esai Morales at the red carpet that started at 6 PM. Buyers and fashion bloggers had a chance to visit a pop-up shop with numerous brands introducing swimwear and beauty products. Designers Monique Dep (Versa Swimwear) who will be presenting her new swim line at Unici Casa on July 23rd and designer Eva Hubenakova Boyd (Evae Evae) showcased signature collections and products at their booths.
Hosted by actor and model Torrey Gambill and Miss Guatemala USA Stephanie Sical Salazar the runway started at 8 PM with beautiful model and actress Dustin Quick and her husband and talented musician Medi Em sharing their new song with the audience. Not to mention, Dustin surprised everyone with amazing dance performance.
This year LA Swim introduced 10 designers total (both local and international): Duskii, BeachFlirt22, Lady Swim by Yogii, Palo Rosa Beachwear, Paulette Swimwear, The 8th Continent by Suki Sun, Nessy Swimwear, Glam Clothing, Leonisa, and Amour by Connie Borja. Models Dustin Quick and Ava Capra (America’s Next Top Model) got everyone’s attention during the show. This year the designers presented collections of bikinis and one piece swimsuits in all different colors from white, gold to turquoise. Floral prints and color mixing is still on trend.
It was also great to see some gorgeous pageant winners gracefully walking down the runway during the night (thanks to Virgelia Productions).
The official sponsors of the event included Ojuko life and ShoeDazzle.
The LA Swim Fashion Week After party was held on July 20th at EP & LP, West Hollywood.